Biography

Florence Cizner

Florence Cizner

Florence Cizner is a soprano singer and voice teacher. Aside from teaching adults, she specializes in working with children.

She discovered remarkable pedagogical skills at an early stage of her vocal studies and therefore she decided to focus on voice pedagogy.

At first, she mainly taught adult singers but later she began to concentrate on teaching children, mainly due to the lack of qualified voice teachers for children as well as the fact that children's vocal and singing abilities are greatly underestimated. She has devoted many years to studying the historical sources concerning professional voice instruction of boy soloists during the greatest bloom of the art of singing. This has led her to develop a method of teaching that results in a supported resonant singing that still maintains its child-like character.

Her method is not something "revolutionary and astounding" as many teachers claim to have developed, but it is rather based on the original Bel Canto method that is completely different from today's bastardized versions (see the Article on Bel Canto by Florence Cizner). The most important aspect.of this original beautiful singing was to maintain a free and natural quality of the voice, which is very important, especially for children singers. By combining the original methods of Bel Canto with her own experiences and modern teaching methods, Florence Cizner has developed a very effective method that is easily understandable for a wide range of students.

Long lasting pedagogical activity has led Mrs. Cizner to establish a private voice studio and to write and publish the "Unique Vocal Technique For Kids" textbook.

Besides her pedagogical activities, Florence Cizner is the artistic director of an early music vocal ensemble "Musica Fresca" that has recorded three CDs.

She has recently finished a unique project of a solo boy soprano recording, which she has prepared and directed. This CD's purpose is to raise awareness of the vocal possibilities of a correctly instructed boy's voice and to demonstrate how wide the spectrum of repertoire, expression and vocal range a boy's voice is capable of.